The man accused of killing Sabrina Bullock and stuffing her body into a clothing collection bin in Woodbury must pay $1 million in bail or remain in jail, a judge ruled Friday.
Harry John Neher, 33, sought a bail reduction in the murder case, but Superior Court Judge M. Christine Allen-Jackson denied the request.
Neher stands , by blunt force trauma to her head and neck. Bullock, who lived with her juvenile daughter, was last seen alive on Dec. 29, 2012; her family reported her missing the next day. A Woodbury police officer searching for Bullock found her body on Dec. 31 in the clothing collection bin off Russell Street, behind the apartment building where the victim lived.
More details in the murder case emerged in court Friday.
The last call on Bullock’s cell phone was to Neher, Assistant Gloucester County Prosecutor Laurie Cimino said on Friday. Authorities believe Bullock owed Neher money.
Authorities also say Neher was found with blood-stained clothing in a bag around the time of Bullock’s death. A girlfriend said the clothing was Neher’s; analysis of blood samples is pending.
In arguing for bail reduction to $500,000, Neher’s attorney said the suspect had “minute” contact with the criminal justice system in the past, according to the prosecutor's office. But Neher’s criminal history dates back more than a decade, and includes arson, burglary, stun gun and weapons cases.
Neher maintained his innocence and said he’s disabled from a back injury.
After years with no killings in Woodbury, Bullock’s death was the second in as many weeks in December. On Dec. 17, 54-year-old Ramona Johnstone died of multiple stab wounds.
Johnstone had been a prosecution witness in the trial of 60-year-old Richard Santiago on charges of fatally stabbing a 44-year-old Mantua Township man in the same Woodbury apartment complex on Sept. 12, 2004. Santiago is accused in Johnstone’s death.